The Benefits of Local Honey

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What’s not to love about local honey? Not only does it taste delicious, but it is good for you, too!
 

  1. Local, raw honey has healing properties. Add it to your hot tea to soothe a sore throat, for instance. Because it has antimicrobial properties, it doesn’t just soothe your throat as it coats it; it can also kill certain bacteria.
     

  2. Local, raw honey helps with seasonal allergies. The same allergens that trigger a reaction in you are present in local, raw honey. By ingesting the honey regularly, you are, in effect, taking “shots” of the allergen in small, manageable doses. The effect over time is similar to getting a whole series of allergy immunology injections. Doesn’t taking honey sound a lot more pleasant?
     

  3. Local, raw honey reduces the lifespan of colds. Eating two ounces a day can reduce a cold by up to two days! How awesome is that?
     

  4. Local, raw honey is a natural antiseptic.  As mentioned above, honey has antimicrobial properties. That’s what makes it great for treating wounds. Because many types of bacteria can’t survive in honey, it speeds up healing, diminishes swelling, and gives tissue the opportunity to grow back more quickly.
     

  5. Local, raw honey helps tame the stomach flu. Because raw honey calms the inflammation of the stomach, it acts as a great natural pain reliever.
     

Those are just five reasons local, raw honey is fantastic but there are a whole host of awesome health benefits to honey besides those five.
 

But you may be wondering, why local and why raw?
 

  • Many of the health benefits of honey are lost when it is filtered and heated to high temperatures.
     

  • Local, raw honey has unique flavors that are lost when industrialized.
     

  • To help with allergies, you need to have local, raw honey. This will insure that the honey has the allergens native to the area you live in.
     

  • Buying local is better and not just because it reduces pollution and saves resources. Bees shipped from elsewhere pollinating one crop is how commercial honey is made. This is completely unnatural and hard on bees. Let’s keep the bees home and pollinating as nature intended.
     

  • Local, raw honey is full of all kinds of healthy ingredients. Industrial methods dilute the good stuff out.